Bringing Colonial History to Life, Conococheague Institute

Bringing Colonial History to Life, Conococheague Institute

Saturdays 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Historic Programs in the Cabin and Gardens and Saturday
Every Saturday join our staff in the Historic areas of CI for some hands on programs.
With a focus on daily life in the 18th Century, you’re sure to learn something new every time.
Join us EVERY Saturday for the following programs on the hour:
10:00 AM
The Kitchen Garden
Roll your sleeves up and get your hands dirty! Learn about our kitchen garden and why they were an incredibly important part of frontier life in the 18th century. Lend a hand to our historic gardener by fetching water from our well, pulling weeds, picking fresh produce and smelling herbs that will be perfect for any cook in the kitchen! Your hard work may be rewarded with fresh seasonal produce.
11:00 AM
At Home on the Frontier
Home is where you make it and for people on the Pennsylvania frontier those homes were made of logs. Join our interpreters in the log home and learn about daily life for the people of the frontier and what kinds of people lived here. Help out around the home by grabbing a broom, polishing our metals, or BEATING the dirt out of some soiled linens. There is much to do and many hands make quick work!
12:00 PM
Garden to Table
In the 18th century, people ate with the seasons. Learn about the meals everyday people made using their kitchen gardens and what was in season. Smell what we have cooking or give the kettle a stir. How would you like cooking a meal in a smoky hearth over a hot fire?
1:00 PM
Making New
Tools break and clothes tear, but this doesn’t mean they are thrown out. In the 18th century many would have had the skills to keep their belongings in good order. Join our interpreters in learning some hands on skills whether that be darning, sewing, mending, repairing or rebuilding. What did it take to keep up with the wear and tear of daily life on the frontier.
2:00 PM
Stylin’ in the 18th Century
The settlers of the frontier may have been thousands of miles from the fashions of London or Paris, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have style. Learn about what it takes to be fashionable in the rural parts of the colonies. Try on the clothes of the era and snag a selfie!
3:00 PM
Pleasant Diversions
Life on the frontier wasn’t all hard work. Gather at our Ordinary and blow off some steam. Learn about the role ordinaries and taverns played in their communities and try your hand at the games table. Join in a song and learn what it means to be a part of a frontier community.
For more information
Franklin County Historical Society, A Step In Time Exhibit

Franklin County Historical Society, A Step In Time Exhibit

The Exhibit is open now through September
The exhibit includes displays of fashion, culture, and music from the 1910s to the 1970s.
Guests may make an appointment to view the exhibit by calling 717-264-1667.
The museum is located inside the Old Franklin County Jail, 175 East King Street, Chambersburg.


Ladies Night at The Wood Center

Ladies Night at The Wood Center

This Event is Now Cancelled Due to Covid-19

CHAMBERSBURG: The Capitol Theatre Center

Presented by The Capitol Theatre & Hosted by Maryann Fisher/Decorating Den Interiors
November 13, 2020 * Time TBA (Rescheduled from April 24)

The NEW LADIES NIGHT will include short presentations from some of our local “experts” on your favorite topics: interior decorating tips, fashion, health & wellness etc, as well as, our amazing raffle, $2 glasses of wine & much more.. MORE EXCITING DETAILS STILL TO COME!


Tourism Partner Spotlight: Here’s Looking At You

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Here’s Looking At You

Franklin County Visitors Bureau is teaming up with tourism partners to showcase the wonderful businesses and unique destinations that are located within Franklin County.

This edition of Tourism Partner Spotlight features Here’s Looking at You located at 123 South Main Street in Chambersburg, PA.

Here’s Looking at You is a brick and mortar women’s boutique specializing in distinctive women’s clothing and unique accessories.  It is a fun place to shop where personalized attention is given to assist women in finding clothes they love to wear as well as a wonderful selection of accessories, fun greeting cards and gift items.

Penny Shaul has been the owner since August of 2004.  She enjoys bringing fun fashions to Downtown Chambersburg and loves helping ladies feel their best in the clothes they are wearing.

During the COVID19 pandemic, Here’s Looking at You has a variety of shopping options.  Visit the website or Facebook for photos and videos of items available for sale.  Orders can be placed by calling or Facebook messaging and soon via the website with free shipping or local delivery.  Virtual shopping is also available upon request.  Join the email list via the website to be the first to know about sales and special events in the store!

Visit Here’s Looking at You today at,, Here’s Looking at You at, contact via phone 717-263-8529, or email

Article by Becky Kellerman